It’s not a convention and it’s not just a film festival. There has never been anything like Vincentennial, the Vincent Price 100th Birthday Celebration!
Vincent Price was born in St. Louis, so this is where we are throwing this major event that consists of two exhibits, two stage productions, two publications, and two film festivals including the comprehensive 10-day Vincentennial Vincent Price Film Festival with lecture series to be kicked off by legendary director Roger Corman. The event will be capped on May 27th, Vincent Price’s 100th birthday, with a presentation by Victoria Price, author of Vincent Price, a Daughter’s Biography.
Most of the films and events are free, but some things are ticketed. All ticket info is now up at www.vincentennial.com NOW!
Here’s the rundown:
The Vincentennial Vincent Price Legacy Exhibit at The Sheldon
There are two exhibits. The first is the ‘Vincentennial Vincent Price Legacy Exhibit’ which will open April 22 at The Sheldon Concert Hall and Galleries at 3648 Washington Boulevard in St. Louis. (http://www.sheldonconcerthall.org) This exhibit will consist of Vincent Price historical items, movie memorabilia, and collectibles. Robert Taylor, Rick Squires, Jenni Nolan O’Dell, and Cortland Hull are all loaning items from their collections as well as some St. Louis-based collectors. Robert’s bringing some one-of-a-kind pieces from Price’s childhood and youth, Rick’s loaning just a fraction of his enormous collection of ephemera and collectibles from all aspects of Price’s career, and Cortland is bringing (among other things) his life-size figures of Dr. Phibes and Professor Jarrod from HOUSE OF WAX. There will be displays of movie and theater posters, stills, toys, and resin kits in the exhibit as well. The ‘Vincentennial Vincent Price Legacy Exhibit’ will run throughout most of the summer ending the second week in August.
Vincent Price Presents at the Star Clipper Exhibit
The second exhibit is one of artwork titled ‘Vincent Price Presents at the Star Clipper’ and will open August 29th at the gallery at Star Clipper Comics, St. Louis’ premiere comic shop located at 6392 Delmar Blvd. in the Loop area of St. Louis (http://www.starclipper.com/). This exhibit will feature paintings and illustrations of Vincent Price by more than a dozen local artists as well as the works of Joel Robinson, who created the vivid covers for the first eight issues of Bluewater Comics’ ‘Vincent Price Presents’ series, and Shana Bilbrey, popular genre artist and regular contributor to Little Shop of Horrors and other publications. Most of the art will be for sale and there will prints of Joel and Shana’s work to purchase. The ‘Vincent Price Presents at the Star Clipper’ exhibit will run through the end of June.
THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES Stage Play
The Magic Smoking Monkey Theater group is an offshoot of St. Louis Shakespeare and every spring they adapt a cult movie into a stage play. This year to tie into Vincentennial, they are presenting a play based on THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES to be presented at the Regional Arts Commission Building at 6128 Delmar in St. Louis. The dates for the play are Friday and Saturday May 13th and 14th and the following weekend May 20th and 21st. Performance times are 8pm and 10:30pm. Tickets for the play are $15.00 and go on sale March 30th at 9am (CT). To purchase tickets go to: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/156769 The Regional Arts Commission’s theater only seats about 120 so all four performances will sell out fairly quickly. They sell out every year just with the interest of the local Shakespeare and theater community so with the added Vincent Price element, this will be a hot ticket. Anyone who buys tickets to the 10:30pm performance on May 13th will be able to arrive at the Regional Arts Commission early for The Super-8 Vincent Price Movie Film Fest in 3D. This is a 90 minute show comprised of 5 Vincent Price movies condensed to 9 minutes each (CONQUEROR WORM, WAR-GODS OF THE DEEP, THE RAVEN, PIT AND THE PENDULUM, and MASTER OF THE WORLD), a 17-minute cut of THE MAD MAGICIAN in 3-D (we’ve got plenty of 3D glasses), 7 trailers from Vincent Price movies, and Tim Burton’s 6-minute short VINCENT. All of these are on Super-8 film with magnetic soundtrack and will be projected on a big screen upstairs from 8:30pm to 10:00pm while the 8pm performance of the play is going on downstairs. Only ticket holders for the 10:30 play will be allowed upstairs for the Super-8 show. Also, the play’s performances on the second weekend will conflict with parts of the Vincentennial Film Festival so check all schedules carefully.
The Vincentennial Film Festival Schedule:
Thursday May 19:
7:30pm- THE FLY (1958) to be presented at MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM’S
MacDERMOTT GRAND HALL. With activities, a cash bar, and a special bonus at the door for Vincent Price look-a-likes. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for an 8:30 p.m. screening of “The Fly.” Admission is free. (http://www.mohistory.org/)
The Vincentennial Vincent Price Film Festival then moves to the The Hi-Pointe Theater for the next three days. (http://www.hi-pointetheatre.com/)
Friday May 20:
7:00pm - THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (1964) will be presented in a stunning 35mm print to be preceded by Tim Burton’s 6-minute stop-motion animation short VINCENT. With an introduction and post-film discussion by Richard Squires, creator of the Web site the Vincent Price Exhibit.
9:30pm - The William Castle Double Feature in ‘Emergo’ and ‘Percepto’. HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1959) will be presented in its original gimmick ‘Emergo’ followed by THE TINGLER (1959) also presented in its original gimmick ‘Percepto’ With introductions and post-film discussions by Film Forum’s Bruce Goldstein who is helping recreate these gimmicks.
Saturday May 21:
Noon - Encore screening of THE TINGLER in ‘Percepto’. With an introduction and post-film discussion by Film Forum’s Bruce Goldstein.
2:30pm - THEATRE OF BLOOD (1972) will be presented in a 35mm print. With an introduction and post-film discussion by Richard Squires, creator of the Web site the Vincent Price Exhibit.
5:00pm - THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1962)
8:00pm - The first of our two evenings with Roger Corman. TOMB OF LIGEIA (1965) will be screened in 35mm. With an introduction by Roger Corman and a post-film interview with the director about his collaborations with Price, conducted by Tim Lucas, editor of Video Watchdog.
Sunday May 22:
12:30pm – A double feature of THE RAVEN (1963) and THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES (1971). This will be held at LEE AUDITORIUM at the Missouri History Museum.
5:00pm – (back at the Hi-Pointe) TBA (this will either be a screening of the new documentary CORMAN’S WORLD, EXPOLITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL or a 35mm print of HOUSE OF USHER).
7:30pm (at the Hi-Pointe) The second of our two evenings with Roger Corman. MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (1964) will be screened in 35mm. With an introduction by Roger Corman; a clip reel of career highlights; a Lifetime Achievement Award presentation; and a post-film interview with the director about his storied career, conducted by Tim Lucas, editor of Video Watchdog.
All films at the Hi-Pointe will be ticketed. For ticket info, go to www.vincentennial.com. Ticket info will be up Monday March 21.
Starting Monday May 23, The Vincentennial Vincent Price Film Festival moves to Brown Hall on the campus of Washington University. All films at Brown Hall are free.
Monday May 23:
7:00pm – Double feature of LAURA (1944) and DRAGONWYCK (1948) With introductions and a post-film discussion of “Laura” by Washington U. film & media professor Gaylyn Studlar, David May Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and director of the Film & Media Studies program.
Tuesday May 24:
7:00pm - Double feature of CHAMPAGNE FOR CEASAR (1950 – presented in 35mm) and BARON OF ARIZONA (1950) With introductions and a post-film discussion of “Champagne for Caesar” by Washington U. film & media lecturer Hunter Vaughan.
Wednesday May 25:
7:00pm - THE WHALES OF AUGUST (1987) followed by VINCENT PRICE, THE SINISTER IMAGE, a 62-minute interview by journalist David Del Valle. With an introduction by David Del Valle and an on-stage post-film interview with Victoria Price, author of “Vincent Price, a Daughter’s Biography”
Thursday May 26:
7:00pm - WITCHFINDER GENERAL (1968). This is the British cut of the film better known in the U.S. as THE CONQUEROR WORM and will be presented in a 35mm print. With an introduction and a post-film discussion by Washington U. film & media professor William Paul.
10:00pm - Super-8 Vincent Price Movie Madness in 3D at The Way Out Club (2525 Jefferson Avenue in South St. Louis). This is a 100 minute show comprised of 5 Vincent Price movies condensed to 9 minutes each (CONQUEROR WORM, WAR-GODS OF THE DEEP, THE RAVEN, PIT AND THE PENDULUM, and MASTER OF THE WORLD), a 17-minute cut of THE MAD MAGICIAN in 3-D (we’ve got plenty of 3D glasses), 7 trailers from Vincent Price movies, and Tim Burton’s 6-minute short VINCENT. All of these are on Super-8 film with magnetic soundtrack and will be projected on a big screen. The Way Out Club is a 21+ Club! Victoria Price may stop by the Way Out Club to say hi!
Friday May 27th:
7:00pm - In LEE AUDITORIUM at the Missouri History Museum. An Evening With Victoria Price. The author of “Vincent Price, a Daughter’s Biography” will be making a multi-media presentation about her famous father. To be preceded by a performance of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” by local actor John Contini as Vincent Price. Admission is free.
Saturday May 28th:
8:30pm - Free outdoor screening of a giant inflatable screen in Forest Park of EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990) which featured Vincent Price’s final film performance to be preceded by Tim Burton’s VINCENT and Michael Jackson’s THRILLER on a giant inflatable screen.
There will also be a Vincentennial program published as well as a special extended Vincent Price edition of the Globe Democrat nostalgia paper with many articles on Price that will serve as a guide to all things Vincentennial and will have a fold-out map of St. Louis with all the Vincent Price landmarks on it (his boyhood home, his father’s candy factory, etc…). Anyone with questions or anyone who wants our press release can contact me at [email protected]. Keep checking www.vincentennial.com for details as well as the Vincentennial facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/p...ebration/196798720333558
Also check www.wearemoviegeeks.com for upcoming articles about Vincent Price and Vincentennial.
Our Vincentennial host hotel, Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, is offering a special $99 rate for event attendees. Click on the logo above to make reservations. The group code is CSL.